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Operational Excellence Specialist

Our Company, Your Opportunity:

Nearly 150 years ago, Gustavus Swift founded Swift & Company. He was a true pioneer whose passion and innovative spirit transformed the meat industry. This commitment to transformation mirrors that of Swift Prepared Foods today. Swift Prepared Foods (formerly Plumrose USA) is the prepared foods arm of JBS USA, one of the world’s largest meat companies. This is a unique opportunity to be in a start-up environment, with the backing of a Global CPG Powerhouse. This is a role for someone who is looking for an entrepreneurial challenge in a company with aspirations to be leaders within the CPG world. The position will have both strategic and tactical elements and the person may wear different hats. This is an opportunity for people who want to think Big, dream Big and work to make Big ideas a reality.

Our Mission:

To be THE BEST in all we do. We are completely focused on our business, ensuring the BEST products and services to our customers, a relationship of trust with our suppliers and profitability for our shareholders. All this, we do to provide an opportunity for a better future for all of our TEAM MEMBERS.


Determination, Simplicity, Availability, Humility, Sincerity, Discipline, Ownership

Scope of the Position:

**This position will report to Corporate but be based in Moberly MO; Ottumwa, IA; or Council Bluffs, IA.


  • Regularly visit Swift Prepared Food locations across the United States, including Distribution Centers, to work with our teams to prepare, train, and conduct process improvement initiatives and kaizen events utilizing lean and continuous improvement tools as part of Swift Prepared Foods Management Method

  • Develop and manage process improvements for achieving measurable efficiency, cost reduction, or performance improvement gains

  • Lead a team of Industrial Engineers, Operational Excellence professionals, helping them with the implementation and execution of the operational excellence tools and processes at their sites

  • Primary contact for the sites to facilitate continuous improvement initiatives and to develop and support plant teams

  • Key member of the Operational Excellence management team with responsibilities for developing and improving material, auditing plant locations, and other support as necessary across all business units

  • Co-own the Management Pillar implementation by teaching all of its tools, training personnel, serving as support, and continuously improving the material to support company priorities

  • Own the Focus Improvement Pillar implementation by teaching all of its tools, training Industrial Engineers and personnel, serving as support, and continuously improving the material to support company priorities

  • Participate in executive update and quarterly corporate meetings as required

  • Track and communicate plant championship KPI’s and ensure all plants are trained and following the process correctly

  • In conjunction with other members of the Operational Excellence management team, lead four quarterly meetings with the operational excellence team of each plant by planning the agenda, developing the content to be presented and communicated, and facilitating the meetings

  • Work closely with the maintenance teams at corporate and the plants to drive flawless implementation of the Maintenance Pillar and improvements in availability and performance

  • Act on an ad-hoc basis to be part of any other project or initiative as part of the Swift Prepared Foods’ Strategy

  • Available to travel up to 70% of the time



  • Engineering degree


  • 5 - 8 years manufacturing industry experience

  • Prepared food experience preferred

Special Skills:

  • Good oral and written communication skills

  • Strong Excel user

  • Strong troubleshooting and root cause analysis skills

  • Able to build good internal relationships

  • Resilient & flexible

  • Teaching and coaching skills

  • Hands-on & detail-oriented

  • Statistical skills (basic level)

  • 6 Sigma green/black belt certification is a plus

If interested, please apply at jbssa.com/careers.

We offer a full range of benefits including health care, life insurance, and a 401(k) plan.

Swift Prepared Foods is an equal opportunity employer.